Widow of Gettysburg was an excellent historical fiction based on real letters and accounts of women who lived in Gettysburg, PA during the infamous battle.
Liberty in a very young widow who is trying to establish her home as an inn. She grew up an orphan, under the harsh care of an aunt. The stories she's heard of her real parents are not very good. Liberty's home is taken over a confederate field hospital, and Liberty finds herself falling in love with a rebel soldier. As the battle wages and the women of the town deal with the aftermath, there are many secrets that will be revealed.
I loved this great story set in such a dynamic time. A Southern girl myself, I've come to respect the balance of both sides as I've gotten older. And reading a well-written, historically based novel like this one really makes me take a look at all of the different aspects of the war.
Even as Liberty has to come to grips with aiding soldiers from the opposite side, readers will be forced to consider the players in the war as people- not just as "sides" in a battle.
As I was greatly enjoying this book, I recognized a name of another character and realized that I also read the first book from Jocelyn Green- Wedded to War. It also was based on true people and accounts of the war.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are entirely my own.
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While Liberty's future crumbles as her home is destroyed, the past comes rushing back to Bella, a former slave and Liberty's hired help, when she finds herself surrounded by Southern soldiers, one of whom knows the secret that would place Liberty in danger if revealed.
In the wake of shattered homes and bodies, Liberty and Bella struggle to pick up the pieces the battle has left behind. Will Liberty be defined by the tragedy in her life, or will she find a way to triumph over it? Widow of Gettysburg is inspired by first-person accounts from women who lived in Gettysburg during the battle and its aftermath.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Widow of Gettysburg, go HERE.